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Blue Desert Cafe

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Mexican, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
+1 352-543-9111
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good seafood and pasta

We enjoyed a nice dinner of scallops, clams, shrimp and pasta here recently. Our server, Marsha?, was wonderful. Sorry not sure that was her name. She was full of information about Cedar Keys.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a nice dinner of scallops, clams, shrimp and pasta here recently. Our server, Marsha?, was wonderful. Sorry not sure that was her name. She was full of information about Cedar Keys.

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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Great spot for dinner. We shared a seafood pasta dish with sweet, local clams, shrimp and scallops and a homemade berry pie for dessert. Dinners are made to order, so don't come there in a rush. Enjoy the southwestern decor in the middle of fish city. It was a welcome relief. Owner does real cooking; not a place where all... More 

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Cedar Key
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We had a party of ten which took up a good portion of the restaurant, so sorry to the other patrons if we were annoying getting settled in. The food was spectacular as always. The server was trying hard but had alot of trouble getting organized and handling the crowd and work load. We live in Cedar Key so we... More 

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willow street, pa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Service was very good, though, since it is a very small restaurant with, I presume, a small kitchen, wait times could be long during busy times. The food was fantastic. We shared a bowl of Ciappo sp?, a tomato based buttery broth with mussels. Unbelievable. We then enjoyed the portobello stuffed ravioli dish and the garlic clams over linguini. We... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We love this place. So much so that we had dinner there two nights. The food is fresh, cooked to order and the wait is worth your time. Trust the chef to make it worth your time.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here based solely on TA reviews and as usual they were spot on. After reading the reports of long waits and not being the most patient person I wanted to go on a week day and at opening time to try and avoid the wait. We were immediately seated by Jessica(?) and had no issues waiting for menus, drinks,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Funky little place..food was good but service was very very slow. We didn't order anything special...the evening's ravioli and clams with linguini...took at least 45 minutes for orders that should have taken no more than 15 minutes...food was PK but not worth the wait.

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Orange Park, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Had the shrimp and scallop burrito and homemade brownie sundae, both excellent! Small and unique, but great food and wonderful service! Thanks Jessica!

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Washington, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We ate here in January and enjoyed it so much that we went back the next night. The waitress was attentive and the food delicious. The restaurant is in a brightly painted little house and the decor is artsy and unique - a great place to relax while waiting for your food to be prepared. It was not crowded when... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Every year when we stay at Cedar Key we eat here because I like to support small women owned businesses. The food is good, especially in the land of fried everything. But, 15 minutes to get menus 10 minutes more to get beverage 60 minutes more to get food 10 minutes more to see if we wanted dessert. Another glass... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cedar Key
  • Phone Number: +1 352-543-9111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?